Tuesday, June 15

George Best the Musical Opens in Belfast next month

A new musical about the colourful and ultimately tragic life of football legend George Best will premiere in his home town of Belfast next month.

Dancing Shoes: The George Best Story, runs from 28th July to 14th August at the Grand Opera House in Belfast. It has been written by Irish playwrights Martin Lynch (Long Kesh) and Marie Jones (Stones in his Pockets), with music and lyrics by Scottish singer-songwriter JJ Gilmour and Pat Gribben who is a former member of local pop group The Adventures.

Dancing Shoes tells the story of the turbulent, colourful and tragic life of one of the greatest footballers the world has ever seen. It spans from his childhood days kicking a tennis ball against a gable wall on the Cregagh estate to a life of fame, fortune and controversy. The Belfast-born Manchester United legend led a movie star lifestyle, and that coupled with his battle with alcoholism eventually lead to his death in 2005 at the age of 59 from complications following a liver transplant.

Peter Sheridan will direct a cast led by local actor Aidan O'Neill as George Best and all-Irish cast including Alana Kerr, Kerri Quinn, Maria Connolly, Paddy Jenkins, Conor Grimes, Matthew McElhinney, Marty Maguire and Packy Lee.

To book tickets visit: www.goh.co.uk

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